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Harold Edwin Neel
Harold Edwin NeelNavyHarold Edwin Neel, 82 of Prospect and Key West, Florida, died Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the Lower Key Medical Center in Key West.  He was born February 26, 1932 on Neel Road in Richwood to the late Glenard Gaylord and Dorothy Pauline (Fryman) Neel.

On May 27, 1956 he married the former Juanita Maxine Dempster in Richwood and she survives.

He was a member of the Richwood Church of Christ.  A veteran of the U. S. Navy, he served during the Korean War and retired as Chief in 1986.  He worked for Shelly and Sands as a construction supervisor, retiring 1994. He was a member of American Legion post 40, VFW Post 870, both in Richwood; and a life member of the NRA.  Harold was very proud of being a founding member of the Richwood Gun and Game Club.  He had a great love of guns and enjoyed being a blacksmith.  He always enjoyed an adventure whether it was on motorcycles, camping, canoe trips, hiking, dirt bikes, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, sailing or RVing.   He and Nita enjoyed wintering in Key West.  He loved the keys and had many friends there.  He enjoyed a good game of pool.   He loved giving his grandchildren rides on his motorcycle side car.  Family life was a priority for Harold and he always had good advice to give and time to spend with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by three daughters, Kristy (Mike) Apt; Kim Ransome; and Karolyne Hale, all of Prospect; a son, Rick (Lona) Neel, Richwood; grandchildren, Paul Neel Apt, Shon Parks, Stacie Apt Beatty, Jennie Apt Roginski, Julie Apt Kyte, Daryl Ransome Clark, Patricia Neel, Ericka Neel, Derrick Neel, Neel Hale, Nick Hale, Jennie Babbini Visconti, Justin Babbini, Jamie Babbini, Martin Bonders (German exchange student); 24 great-grandchildren; a sister, Barb (Richard) Schultz, Radnor; a brother, Don (Pam) Neel, Richwood.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Kathy Parks and Karen Babbini; and a grandson, Abram Neel Ransome.

A memorial service will be held Friday, February 13, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood with Pastor Scot Gorsuch officiating.  Friends may call from 5 to 7 that day at the funeral home in Richwood.  Military honors will be conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans.

An ocean-side memorial service was held in Key West.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Karen Neel Babbini Scholarship Fund, c/o Nita Neel, 5928 Marion-Marysville Road, Prospect, OH  43342.

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#1 from: Nancy Pacha & Virgil Hoffman
Delaware, Oh.
Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Nita and Family,
 So sorry to hear of Harold's passing, please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers. We  
have a long list of memories and how we did enjoy
our friendship he will be forever missed by all who knew him. RIP Harold love you and God Bless!

#2 from: Robert & Sue Baggett
Key West, Fl.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 11:16 AM

Thinking and loving you all during this time.

#3 from: Ella Davis
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 11:39 AM

We, (Ella and Amanda Davis,Wesley Delaney, Kylie and Kory Ransome)would like to send our condolences to the Neel family.  May God be with you and the family.  R.I.P. Harold Edwin Neel.

#4 from: Dan Foos
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 11:43 AM

Rick and family,
I extend my sympathy to you all, may God bless you all.

Dan Foos

#5 from: Gail DeGood-Guy, USAF Retired.
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM

To the family of Harold Neel, on behalf of the VFW Post 870 and AL Post 40, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.   We are honored to perform military services for Harold.  

#6 from: Bill and Beth Wood
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 8:28 PM

We are so sorry to hear of Harold's passing.We have many good memories of times spent with your family.He was a good man and he will be missed!

#7 from: Amy (Clark) Hannah
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 8:34 PM

You all are in my prayers R.I.P Harold

#8 from: Virginia Chapman Wright
Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Praying and thinking of you and your wonderful family, Nita.  May God be with you and surround you with His love.

#9 from: Fritz & Arlene Blue
154 Ss.Franklin St. Richwood,Oh 43344
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Nita and family:
One by one all the gang is leaving us. We are sorry to hear of Harold's passing. He lived a full life and got to do alot of things that he wanted. I know he will be missed don't grieve we will all see him again.

The picture on this looks just like him at his best.\

Fritz & Arlene Blue

#10 from: Ken Bevis
Essex, Ohio
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 4:46 PM

Rick and family,
Sorry to hear about your loss.

#11 from: LARRY DAVS
Wed, Feb 11, 2015 at 8:17 PM

We are so sorry to hear of the loss.  We will continue with our warmest thoughts and prayers for all of you!

#12 from: Martin Bönders
Cologne, Germany
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 6:52 AM

Wish I could be with you! Thinking a lot of you and I am very thankful for the great times I had with Harold! Love you all!

#13 from: Mandy (Willis) Jason Swartz
Prospect, OH
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 4:52 PM

Many Prayers for God to surround you all (Neel Family) in your time of mourning. You are All Blessed to have such beautiful memories too. I really enjoyed Harold years ago. He was an Amazing Man. I'm here for you All. Hugs Karolyne

#14 from: Cathy Schultz Pask
Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 1:11 PM

So sorry for your loss. Didn't know Harold that well but I'm sure he was a great man.

#15 from: SanDee Tidd
Richwood, Ohio
Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 7:25 AM

Nita & family, Claude & I are so sorry for your loss but know the great memories are many! He was a good person & will be missed! Prayers to all of you! Penni sends her love & prayers.

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